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Professor Charles K. Kao

(Former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong):

The Nobel Laureate in Physics 2009

Professor Charles K. Kao, the former Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2009 for his ground-breaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibres for optical communication that has revolutionised the information age.

News release from the CUHK about Professor Chalres Kao's Nobel Prize in Physics 2009

Professor Charles Kao's Nobel Lecture in Physics 2009: " Sand from centuries past; Send future voices fast " (full-text of English version)

Professor Kao returned to Hong Kong in 2010 for some months at the invitation of the CUHK and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) Government to be warmly welcomed by the people in the Hong Kong SAR of China. It is one of the most important contributions of Chinese scientists to the world's science and technology.

The CUHK held an exhibition on the campus in February and March (and will be re-run again until September) in 2010 entitled "The Lore of a Laureate" as a tribute to Professor Kao to showcase his lifelong academic achievements on fibre optics leading to his Nobel Prize award in physics in 2009. The exhibition highlighted a chronological account of his life and his significant work on optical fibre technology that began some 40 years ago. Exhibits included his Nobel Prize Medal and Diploma he donated to the CUHK, some of his publications and other documents, as well as records of his work in advancing the CUHK during his nine years of Vice-Chancellorship. Some snapshots of the exhibition were captured by Chi-Yan on his visits to the exhibition in March and in June 2010.

In March 2011, Hong Kong Science Park’s landmark structure, the Auditorium, was renamed the "Charles K. Kao Auditorium" to pay tribute to Professor Kao. While Professor Kao was the Vice-Chancellor of CUHK, he was also instrumental in the strategic planning and development of the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTPC). An exhibition entitled "Professor Charles K. Kao: The Father of Fibre Optics" is permanently being held at the Science Park to showcase the Nobel Laureate's contributions to the use of fibre optics in communications in the information age. Details of the exhibition are as follows:

Venue G/F, Lakeside II, Hong Kong Science Park, Shatin
Opening hours / fee 8:00am - 9:00pm daily / free

For more information, please visit Hong Kong Science Park's Website:


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